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Sermon 4/17/05 – Blog
Isaiah 40:7-8

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The grass withers, the flower fades, because the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:7-8)

This is an age of abbreviated words and phrases, and it all seems to have started with FDR (American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt).  Under his administration, government programs had abbreviations and acronyms for just about everything.  The Tennessee Valley Authority became the “TVA” and the Civilian Conservation Corps was the “CCC.”  World War Two (WWII) accelerated this process.  We have been recently hearing the term “Blog” and many have wondered what it means.  We went looking for an exact definition on the internet and here’s what we found:

Blog” is a shortened form of the phrase “weB LOG” and it basically describes a journal that is on the World Wide Web, accessible to a computer user.  It’s a computer version of what we used to call a “diary,” but unlike a diary, which was typically kept private by the person writing it, the “blog” is for the public domain.  The activity of updating a blog is "blogging" and someone who keeps a blog is a "blogger."  Blogs are typically updated regularly, often daily, using software that allows people with little or no technical background to update and maintain them. Postings on a blog are almost always arranged in chronological order with the most recent additions often featured first.

The intention of bloggers is that others will read what they have to say, and some of the newest bloggers think of themselves as reporters who provide a look at the news that is needed by mankind, at least by “their” kind of people.  The hope of some who report this way is that they’ll be accepted as a legitimate alternative to television, newspapers and other forms of news reporting.  It is noted that in the early days of television, TV news broadcasters were scorned by newspaper reporters and it was only later that television news broadcasting gained widespread acceptance.  Many bloggers have been fired for blogging on company time, but others have actually been encouraged to “blog” on the job, with the idea that it is “positive” for workers to have a place to read about issues important to them.  The bloggers are probably here to stay.

The reason for “blogging” is a deep-seated need to COMMUNICATE that is essentially universal within humanity.  Even those who seem to be “private” individuals have such a need – they just haven’t found the “right” person they can trust with information about themselves.  The “hermit,” the curmudgeon who doesn’t seem to want anybody, actually has a deep need to know and be known, but they often have been hurt in the past and are afraid to trust again.  The truth is that we all have little to say – we need to hear the Lord.

It would be wrong to say that GOD “needs” to communicate with us, but it is certainly accurate that He WANTS to do just that.  The “need” is actually ours, not His, and it is out of His love He speaks to us, through prophets, evangelists, teachers and others He has sent us through the millennia.  Sometimes we listen to God’s Word and sometimes we don’t, but His message is always there, just because He loves you and me.

God’s methods of communication, the various forms of which are the “Word of God,” have been interesting and varied during the centuries.  One of the simplest forms of His communication with us has been through nature itself.  David, who was not only a poet and a king, but also a prophet, observed: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge” (Psalm 19:1-3).  It is true that scientists are astonished at God’s creative abilities.  They may not acknowledge Him, but it is incredible, to say the least, that the more one utilizes radio telescopes, electron microscopes and mathematical theorems, the more intricate things are found to be.  There apparently IS no end to the universe, for the further we look, the more there is, and we really don’t have numbers high enough to count the number of stars within the interstellar vastness we call “space.”  For a long time, scientists thought the atom was the smallest bit of matter, but now it seems that the deeper you go into the microcosm, the more complex it gets.  Those who deny that God is the Creator must “suppress the truth in unrighteousness” in order to do so (Romans 1:18).

“If only I could see God; THEN I would believe!” is the shout of many, which is much the same as saying, “If only I could see watchmakers; I would BELIEVE in them!”  I have never personally seen a watchmaker to my knowledge, but we can KNOW that watchmakers exist by merely looking at our watches (or someone else’s watch, if we don’t have one).  And you and I can KNOW God exists by simply looking at His creation.

The Bible is an incredible Book.  Rick Warren calls it the “Owners Manual” we must all look to in order to correctly understand not only God, but also His “product,” the human race.  Years ago when I was reading the works of many of the great philosophers and looked into the Book of Mormon, the Koran and the Vedas, I was shocked by the Bible.  It simply seemed to be the often-sordid stories of people and what happened to them.  And that’s true, except that it’s also a series of biographies about what occurred when most of them encountered God.  Some of them accepted Him and some did not, but the Bible is full of people who met their Maker and He wants you (in a good way) to meet Him, too.

But the clearest and most important communication of all is when God the Father sent His Son, Jesus Christ to this world.  We think of communication as words, and Jesus had much to say to us when He was here, but just the GIFT of Him as our Savior was God’s final “Word” to this world that He really does love you and me.

Our Scripture verse for today can sound “negative,” for it clearly points out that everything of this world “fades” away.  But then it continues that “the Word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:7-8).  Jesus Christ, who became a human child, a man, then died for our sins and lives forevermore, IS the Word of God for you and me (John 1:1, 14).  Have you accepted the Word of God into your heart and life?  It’s time for all of us to do just that, right now.  Let’s pray together:

Father, there is much “blog” in the world, and quite often we don’t know WHAT to believe.  Thank You for Jesus Christ, who is indeed “the Word of God” who “stands forever.”  Please forgive our sins and let us know Your Son – forever.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

Ron Beckham, Pastor
Friday Study Ministries
First Church On The Net
"While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)

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